TYT Quad Band TH-9800 Review

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TYT TH-9800

Today we are going to be talking about the TYT Quad Band Transceiver, the TH-9800. This radio is a clone of the Yaesu FT-8900 but at about $180-200 cheaper! By clone, I am this thing LOOKS exactly like the FT-8900 with the exception of the brand name.

Specifications

  • With over 800 Alphanumeric Memory channels, you will never run out of memory channels. If you do, then you go to a lot more places than I do with my radio.
  • One of the things that I look for in a radio is a fully crossband repeater mode. This radio has a True automatic cross band repeater mode that makes it great to use when you are in an area where you can’t hit the local repeater with your handheld. If you are camping, hunting, fishing, or just sitting in your house and you can’t hit the repeater with your handheld, simply turn on the repeater function of this radio in your vehicle and tune your handheld to the opposite band frequency and away you go.
  • One of the other major functions that I look for when choosing a radio is a dual band receive. If I can’t receive on both bands of the radio at the same time it is a no go for me. This also allows you to receive VHF/VHF or UHF/UHF of both sides of the radio. This makes it nice when you are monitoring two different nets or frequencies and only have one radio.
  • This radio also boasts two separate volume and squelch control knobs. This really makes it nice when you are driving and have to make a correction to one band.
  • Multiple Tuning Steps – 2.5, 5, 6.25, 7.5, 8.33, 10, 12.5, 15, 25, 30, 500 & 100 KHz
  • Full Keypad Microphone – You can directly input the frequency from the keypad. There are buttons that are set, like the channel up and down, and switches to lock the keypad or illuminate it, but there are also four user defined buttons that you can change. They come defaulted to changing the selected band, switching between the memory and VFO, changing the tone and changing the power level.
  • Multiple Power levels – 5, 10, 20 and 40W on 10 meters and 70cm and 50W on 6 and 2 meters.
  • Receive/Transmit Ranges – Make sure you are within your license usages frequencies before you transmit!
    • Left Band
      • RX: 26-33MHz, 47-54MHz, 108-180MHz, 350-399.995MHz, 400-512Mhz, 750-950MHz
      • TX: 26-33MHz, 47-54MHz, 134-174MHz, 400-480MHz
    • Right Band
      • RX: 134-180MHz, 400-512MHz
      • TX: 134-174MHz, 400-480MHz
  • CTCSS(50 Tones), DCS(104 Tones)
  • With the way that cars are going now a days, space for mounting radios are getting smaller and smaller. A major selling point of any radio is a removable faceplate! This radio has just that!
  • PC Programmable, with downloadable free software

Size and dimensions

  • Size – 11.6 x 8 x 4.5 inches
  • Weight – 4.7 pounds

Check it out on Amazon right now! For the low price of $279.99 right now, you get not only the radio but also an antenna, lip mount for the antenna and the programming cable as well. It has everything you need to get started!

Thanks for checking out this radio review. I am going to try and do a review like this once a week from now on. If you have this radio or have used it, please leave a comment below and let everyone know what you this about it!

Until next time,

73 de Curtis, K5CLM

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